Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. How can it be that electrons and protons behave like waves, just as electromagnetic waves behave like particles? What were they doing, sitting around dreaming about eternal verities, when physicists had important work to do? In this famous thought experiment, the Copenhagen interpretation leaves us with a cat that is simultaneously both alive and dead, remaining this way until the box is opened. As a result, questioning the status quo long meant professional ruin. Since the radioactive decay is totally random, there's no way for an outside observer to know the state of the cat unless that outsider observer opens the box. Quantum mechanics is best and most fundamentally understood in the context of quantum cosmology.
There doesn't seem to be a conspiracy stopping research into alternatives to Copenhagen, just a preponderance of interest in testable Physics with real consequences. In an irony of fate, this very non-locality is the very basis for modern quantum computing. The biography of Bohm was particularly of interest to me because not too long ago I finished a series of books about the discovery of quantum theory and while many of those books covered the other people highlighted in this book, none of them covered Bohm in the manner Becker did. Most books of this type take way too long detailing the history of physics and then don't have much steam or space left to talk about recent advances in the field, like quantum physics. The E-mail message field is required. About a hundred years ago, a group of physicists made some astonishing discoveries. Bohr personally was both very charismatic, widely respected, and highly obscure.
While this book is greatly illuminating, Becker gives short shrift to the practical reasons why most physicists are more excited to work on the physics of quantum mechanics rather than its philosophical underpinnings- because physics today is a material science more than it is natural philosophy. I was trying to decipher a hidden meaning that I thought already existed, when my task should have been more about creating a hidden meaning that has not yet been found. But ask what it means, and the result will be a brawl. Max Planck discovered the quanta of radiation in 1900. With his crisp voice, Becker lucidly relates the complicated history of quantum foundations. The untold story of the heretical thinkers who dared to question the nature of our quantum universe Every physicist agrees quantum mechanics is among humanity's finest scientific achievements. There is nothing wrong with this book.
For a century, most physicists have followed Niels Bohr's Copenhagen interpretation and dismissed questions about the reality underlying quantum physics as meaningless. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in , but there is a wealth to choose from, and I seem to pick up one or another of these histories every year because I enjoy the story so much. Unlike most histories of science, Adam An excellent book that does not answer the title question—but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. But, in 1972, Alain Aspect succeeded. Although much discussed by philosophers of science, the concept rarely appears in graduate textbooks. There is also a rule the Born Rule that says that if you do a measurement, the chance of finding a particle at a given point is squared amplitude of the wave function at that point.
He mentioned so many quantum physicists whose works contributed to knowledge and discovery, that I was amazed. My favorite part is probably the appendix where he works through an experiment and shows how it is interpreted in the Copenhagen interpretation as well as three other interpretations. Did God just accidentally leave that whole epoch out, in His account of the creation of Earth? They struggled and persevered in their own ways, in the face of resistance and stubbornness within a pretty weird environment. Most reading on sub-atomic physics is a kind of slog; a perfunctory sweat-labor with the objective of obtaining a walking around knowledge of the subject. He lives in Oakland, California. And yet, from the 1920s to today, physicists like John Bell, David Bohm, and Hugh Everett persisted in seeking the true meaning of quantum mechanics. This book would be worthy of that 6 star rating.
Please touch me at ebook4expert gmail. Adam Becker tells a fascinating if complex story of quantum dissidents. I've long been fascinated by the subject matter of this book, and have read numerous popular treatments of it. Die andere Partei zweifelt die Aussagekraft der zugänglichen Realität grundsätzlich an und vermutet unbekannte Faktoren. Und um etwaigen ideologischen Debatten und Vendettas zwischen gegensätzlich argumentierenden Wissenschaftlern vorzubeugen oder ihren eigenen Glauben nicht zu kritisch zu hinterfragen. The result is what appears to be one of the first attempts at a complete history for a general audience of the battle to bring quantum foundations back to the mainstream of physics. Plus there's tons of humor and even a little bit of foul language, which you all know I just love.
Although quantum field theory is fully compatible with the special theory of relativity, a relativistic treatment of quantum measurement has yet to be formulated. Two particles with an entangled wave function, even if spatially separated, appear to communicate with one another instantaneously. I thought his research was outstanding. It also does a great service to philosophy which has been horribly belittled and greatly neglected in recent years by many popular science personalities which I will not namedrop here. If they are both equally accurate, then - functionally speaking - there is no difference. By the mid-20th century, philosophers such as Thomas Kuhn and W.
Physics students aren't expected to worry about philosophical underpinnings, and professors don't have time to try to teach it anyway. The outside observer need not open the box to tell if and when the atom has decayed. But ask them what quantum physics means, and the result will be a brawl. Ihnen eröffnet sich die Option, die Gedanken der Physiker und Philosophen in der Praxis live zu beobachten. The phrase is offensive and inappropriate.
This picture we have is a self-propelling movement. In all others, it is still weird, but much less so. I am not a physicist, but have done considerable reading and coursework related to the physics, philosophy, and history in this book; I'm not quite an expert but was already aware of most of the facts. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1935 , 10. So everything, almost solipsistic, only related to the ego or the total dissolution of ego. It is a remarkable theory.
To conclude, I quite liked this book. A few people whispered that the proof seemed to have a hole in it and the Copenhagen interpretation didn't actually make sense, but they were ignored. Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. And they were ruthless--for forty years and more, Bohr and his minions actively undermined the careers of anyone who challenged them, supported by a military-sponsored establishment that cared about little more than building bigger bombs. No theory, in isolation, is falsifiable. For anyone who has been intrigued by other popular accounts of the quantum world but came away feeling somewhat cheated by the Copenhagen sleight-of-hand, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.